Monday, January 29, 2007

Mapping Family Planning

Map Courtesy UN/BBC

After the last pope "compared abortion [with] the Holocaust... say[ing] both are the result of governments clashing with divine law," it only seems fitting that the current pontiff's stance "has raised concerns in the European Union about the loss of rights for women."

But obviously Europeans don't seem too interested in offering any serious resistance. Even in ostensibly secular countries women must still demonstrate their "state of distress" (Belgium and France), "must receive [state-regulated] counselling three days before the inform them that the unborn have a right to life and to try to convince her to continue her pregnancy," (Germany) or obtain parental permission if they're under the age of 18 (Italy). Make sure to keep taking them birth control pills and an ample supply of condoms on hand, might be a while.


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